SELMAS Brains Trust June 3rd

From Alex. Wood:

BETTER SCHOOL LEADERSHIP: Can our current strategies deliver?

 SELMAS Brains Trust 2: Scottish Education Leadership and SCEL: June 3rd 5.00 – 6.30

 City of Glasgow College

City Campus North Hanover Street

60 North Hanover Street  

Glasgow   G1 2BP

 There is growing evidence that to achieve our collective ambition for Scottish education, we need passionate, inspirational and transformational leadership. In Teaching Scotland’s Future it was argued that this could be supported by the development of  “A virtual college of school leadership”.

 Plans for SCEL are now advancing and a new CEO will be appointed soon.

 The expectations are high: “Given the need to nurture the leadership skills and talents of all teachers, in a culture of distributive leadership, better coordination of resources, support and development would be more efficient and would promote higher quality.  A virtual college of school leadership should be developed to improve leadership capacity at all levels within Scottish education. This facility would provide a dedicated focal point for leadership development in Scotland.”

 Join us for an open discussion on all aspects of educational leadership and on how SCEL will deliver on this aspiration.

Margaret Alcorn (Convenor of SELMAS) will host the event, and Margery McMahon Lead National Co-ordinator for SCEL, Walter Humes, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Stirling, Danny Murphy, Senior Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Rodger Hill Education Officer, Dumfries & Galloway Council, and Sue Beattie, headteacher at Belmont Academy in Ayr will contribute their thinking.

We are grateful to Glasgow College for hosting this event, and for the sponsorship received from the Scottish Government.

This is a free event, but you should indicate your intention to attend by returning the booking form to Alex Wood by email at [email protected]  

Alex. Wood
49 Acredales
West Lothian EH49 6HY

Tel: 01506 848259
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Highlights from ACTS Conference 2014

Comments from ACTS conference 2014 Exploring Leadership 1st March 2104

“I feel energised and inspired, ready to go into school with new ideas!”

“Stimulating and thought-provoking”

“…an inspiring and challenging day – a real treat!”

“A high quality, inspirational day!”

“A very relaxed, welcoming conference – positivity was embedded!”

“An excellent day – format, location, speakers”

If you missed this uplifting and enlivening day, catch up with some of the highlights here

Scottish College for Educational Leadership shiny new website

The new Scottish College for Educational Leadership website.

Scottish College for Educational Leadership

Scottish College for Educational Leadership

. It’s in its early stages and there’s not a great deal of content there yet.

We can expect to hear a lot more when Ken Muir (GTCS) and Petra Wend (National Implementation Board)  deliver keynotes at the ACTS conference on 1st March 2014 at Stirling Management Centre.

Revised and Improved SNCT package on Pay and Conditions for Teachers and Associated Professionals 2013-15

The committee of ACTS welcomes the result of negotiations by the SNCT announced yesterday and acknowledges the improvements gained in the financial and other aspects of the package. The committee is particularly pleased to note the protection of Chartered Teachers’ pay scale which acceptance of the package will retain going forward.

Details of the offer are available on the EIS website

Exploring Leadership at the 2014 ACTS Conference

ACTS National Conference 2014

Participants at ACTS Conference 2013

Participants at ACTS Conference 2013


1 March 2014, Stirling Management Centre

 Introducing the 2014 ACTS National Conference, the theme of which is teacher leadership in the 21st century.  This year’s programme includes a very timely selection of speakers – Mike Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education; Petra Wend, Principal and Vice Chancellor of Queen Margaret University and a key player in the implementation of “Teaching Scotland’s Future”; and Chris McIlroy, former CHMIE and central to a range of developments in Scottish education.  The afternoon session will be chaired by Graham Donaldson, former CHMIE and author of “Teaching Scotland’s Future”.

Workshops will cover all stages and aspects of education, and there will be lots of opportunities throughout the day for discussion, debate and sharing.  An interesting addition to this year’s workshop sessions is  ‘TeachMeet’, giving delegates themselves the opportunity to deliver a short 2 – 5 minute presentation on a topic of their choice.  For full details, see workshop information.

We are delighted that the Conference is sponsored by Scottish Government, EIS, NASUWT, VOICE, and GTCS, all of whom will be represented on the day.  We are extremely grateful for their support.

To register for this exciting event, please complete the booking form, including your workshop choices.  Full details of the workshops are provided here.  If you have any queries, please e mail us at

We look forward to seeing you on 1 March at Stirling Management Centre!

With very best wishes,

Andrina Inglis


Membership renewal time!

Renewal of membership for 2014 is now due and should be paid by 31st January,  This will entitle you to one free place at ACTS conference on 1st March 2014.

We look forward to you joining and contributing to our community.

Please arrange to pay your ACTS 2014 membership fee of £25 if you have Chartered Teacher status, or £15 if you are on or between Points 1 and 5 of the Chartered Teacher Pay Spine.

Payment should be made by BACS payment to Association of Chartered Teachers Scotland, Sort Code 80-06-55, Account Number  06033226. Please include your full name in the BACS payment details.   Any problems contact [email protected]

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Season’s Greetings


ACTS would like to wish you Season’s greetings and a well-earned rest after what has been a busy term for everyone in schools and education.  We wish you a Happy New Year and are delighted to announce that funding has been granted by the Scottish Government for our annual conference on Saturday 1st March 2014. The committee is busy planning an exciting, inspiring and useful day of professional development.

Much more information coming soon.  Put the date in your diary now!

Photo courtesy of Douglas MacGregor. Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh.